American Airlines launched flights from Phoenix to London Heathrow on 31 March. Pictured at the UK Parliament-themed cake cutting ceremony, along with some of the inaugural flight crew, were: Phoenix City Manager, Ed Zuercher; Assistant Aviation Director, Deborah Ostreicher; Director of Aviation Services, James Bennett; Phoenix City Councilwoman, Felicita Mendoza; MD American Airlines in Phoenix, John Daley; Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego; Phoenix Mayor, Thelda Williams; President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Glenn Hamer; CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Todd Sanders; and President and CEO of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, Kim Sabow. The oneworld member will operate the airport pair daily, with fellow alliance member British Airways already on the route.
- American Airlines launched two transatlantic routes during the first weekend of the S19 season, with its first being a 7,347-kilometre sector between Charlotte-Douglas (CLT) and Munich (MUC), launched 30 March. The airline’s second inaugural took place the following day, with it offering services on the 8,459-kilometre airport pair of Phoenix (PHX) and London Heathrow (LHR). The oneworld member will operate the two routes with a daily rotation, with the former being flown using A330-200s, while the route to the UK will be served by the carrier’s fleet of 777-200s. Both routes are presently in operation with other airlines. Lufthansa links Munich to Charlotte-Douglas with a daily rotation this summer, while American Airlines’ fellow alliance member British Airways offers a daily rotation from Europe’s busiest airport to the Phoenix hub using its fleet of 747-400s.